•   
  •   
  •   

US Italy. An NGO accused of being paid after rescuing migrants

17:45  02 march  2021
17:45  02 march  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

At the border, confusion, anxiety and hope as U.S. unveils new process for asylum-seekers

  At the border, confusion, anxiety and hope as U.S. unveils new process for asylum-seekers Thousands stuck for months in Ciudad Juárez await new chance at U.S. entry“I need to ask someone for help,” said an exasperated Baltazar, 40, a native of Guatemala who lived for more than a decade in Los Angeles —and is now keen to get back there and be reunited with her three U.S.-born children.

Des migrants sur le Se Watch 4 le 27 août 2020 regardent le pétrolier Maersk Étienne au large de Malte. © THOMAS LOHNES / AFP Archives Migrants on the Se Watch 4 on August 27, 2020 watch the oil tanker Maersk Étienne off the coast of Malta.

Mediterranea Saving Humans is accused of receiving money from shipping giant AP Moeller-Maersk for taking care of migrants stranded aboard one of its freighters.

Italian justice is investigating on Mediterranea Saving Humans, an NGO accused of having received money from the Danish shipping giant AP Moeller-Maersk after having taken in migrants stranded aboard one of its freighters, this that this organization denies, media reported Tuesday, March 2.

Maersk reportedly paid € 125,000 to Idra, a company that oversees Mediterranea, just after the NGO recovered 27 migrants in September who had spent more than a month on one of the Danish carrier's freighters.

'Can we find a deal?': Coronavirus sparks debate over paid leave

  'Can we find a deal?': Coronavirus sparks debate over paid leave The policy has garnered more bipartisan support than ever. But there is already a wide gap between what Biden campaigned on, what Republicans are amenable to and what employers think could be workable.President Joe Biden’s support for a federal program, combined with public frustration at a lack of paid leave during the pandemic, has Democrats reaching for a robust policy. Republicans and employers, many of whom balk at the potential cost to businesses and the government, are seeking a more targeted approach.

Migrant relief NGOs operating between Libya, Malta and Italy are often criticized on the peninsula, with some even accusing them of collusion with migrant smugglers.

So far, however, the evidence gathered in various cases has not led to a trial. But several relief ships chartered by NGOs have been blocked by the Italian coast guard for security reasons.

The NGO denies

On Monday, Mediterranea indicated that it had been targeted by “vast police operation ordered by a prosecutor from the Ragusa (Sicily, south)”, denouncing “the personal crusade” of this prosecutor against the song.

The NGO claimed to be accused of having organized its relief operations "as projects to collect profits", while stressing that these accusations are "based on speculations that will melt like snow in the sun".

A Guatemalan asylum seeker may lose both hands to Texas frostbite. The U.S. wants to send him back

  A Guatemalan asylum seeker may lose both hands to Texas frostbite. The U.S. wants to send him back A Texas hospital said a 21-year-old's hands may need to be amputated after he was found unconscious in the historic winter storm. Border Patrol agents told him he'd be sent back to Guatemala when he was discharged.The smuggler was long gone; and though Douglas yelled and yelled, no one came. The 21-year-old and a dozen other migrants already had been wandering in the desolate desert landscape around Big Bend, Texas, for two days when the snowstorm began.

In a press release, AP Moeller-Maersk indicated that “not have been contacted by the authorities within the framework of this investigation”, while saying “ready to provide assistance at any time” .

The skipper of Mediterranea, his chef de mission and the shipowner are suspected of a criminal association aimed at promoting illegal immigration and violation of the maritime code, according to La Repubblica.

In September, the intervention of Mediterranea had made it possible to resolve the problem posed by the presence of migrants rescued by the cargo ship Maersk Étienne and stranded on board due to the refusal of Malta and Italy to welcome them.

The migrants were eventually transferred to the Mare Jonio de Mediterranea ship, and a month later Maersk made a payment to Mediterranea, according to La Repubblica.

According to the head of mission of the NGO Luca Casarini, quoted by the newspaper, this money had "nothing to do" with the activities of aid to migrants. "We can prove it" , he added, saying that this money corresponded to a payment for a consultancy mission on the management of the ports.

At least 8 migrants were killed and hundreds more are injured after a massive blaze burned down a migrant detention facility in Yemen .
Over 170 people are being treated for injuries sustained in the blaze, and the death toll could be higher than originally reported on Sunday.The cause of the fire is still unknown, and the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling for humanitarian access to determine how many migrants were affected.

usr: 9
This is interesting!